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Old 07-13-2013, 11:28 AM
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Default Honda 2k gen owners a must read

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I thought I would condense two days reading and research into a 2 minute read with links. Hope you like it.

So I sold my 1k and bought a 2k honda generator. Before I bought the 2k I read the pros/cons. It seems the 2k is incredibly prone to carb clogging. I never had this issue with my 1k. I would run my 1k every 3 months for 10-15mins and shut it down again leaving gas in the carb and lines. For most of the time I owned the 1k I never used stabil (white chalky residue) or seafoam--> ($10 dollar per bottle rubbing alcohol).

After buying my 2k I decided to take some preventive measures. If you remove the large cover and look near the on-off switch you will see a 2-prong white connector with gree/black wires (I wired a switch to simulate unplugging when I need to run the carb dry). If you unplug that connector it disables the kill switch allowing you to run the generator carb dry of fuel. Once it has run dry (2 mins) you can flip the choke to on as its bogging to remove fuel left in passages for another 1-2 seconds runtime. After it dies completely open the float bowl drain screw and bleed off the last few drop of fuel. Now the carb is completely dry and should not varnish enough to clog jets.

Should your gen become clogged there are three very good detailed carb cleaning links I will post, one is pictures and the other is video.

Pictures (step by step carb clean --long fix)
https://www.rv.net/Forum/index.cfm/f...d/22602186.cfm

Video follow through of idle jet cleaning (quick carb fix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbtsMGDX7Q8

Full carb cleaning (long fix) **** (Best one to watch)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhNy2lfJCEE

Kill switch plug location video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_P0dCg0oQY


At 100 hours the valve adjustment.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijq6...ture=endscreen

Cheap AUX fuel tank
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U-r...endscreen&NR=1

Free oil change "gizmo"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGPY...endscreen&NR=1

CNC oil change device + magnetic dipstick
http://www.amazon.com/MAGNETIC-DIPST.../dp/B004D9U2E8

Magnetic dipstick review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko_lwhe8Bgo


After I read all these links my buddy calls me about his 2k gen and says it wont idle without surging. I told him to bring it over and I would fix it (so I get a hands on). I have now successfully torn down and fixed a clogged carb on a 2k. Level of knowledge/skill is a 2 out of 10. Its a very simple fix if you follow the ***best video.


Hope this helps some of you with 1k/2k Honda gens. I did order a gasket set for the carb "just in case" and a few extra spark plugs.

The last video maker also covers cleaning the micro-mesh filter screen at the gas tank and also cleaning the spark arrestor.

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Old 07-13-2013, 1:55 PM
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Great info, thanks for posting.
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Old 07-13-2013, 9:29 PM
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Great Compilation of info. Thanks
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Thanks for info.
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I have two EU 2000 Hondas. I use a splash of both Marvel Mystery Oil AND... StaBil fuel stabilizer. I run the gennys once per month under a small load, for 15-20 minutes. I've only changed the spark plugs once and the oil 4 times.

I've never had a carb problem. My gennys are now 7 years old. Just run the generators monthly and use fuel stabilizer. Don't buy sucked gas either. You won't have any problems.

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Old 07-15-2013, 8:14 AM
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Excellent info thanks.

Nothing to add but consider using Trufuel 92 octane, no ethanol, benzene. Either straight or a mix. (I've done one QT. per tank of 1.1 gal.)

Ran my gen for 6 hours last Monday with a pretty good load. Ran perfect. Love it!

Thank again for the info. & congrats on the purchase.
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Interesting. I run my EU2000 now and then (probably a few times a year) for 10 minutes or so. Thanks for the info.
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Great info and it actually applies to most gennys. Seafoam is good to get in your fuel system to help keep things clean. After years of working on Carbs, you learn that no matter how much you think you've drained the carb, there is always something left and it will slowly build up (even if you are running it on a regular basis).

I encourage everyone to try taking a carb out and stripping it down and putting it back together while things are "normal" and if they screw up they can take it down to a small engine repair shop and ask someone to show them what they did wrong (or ask a friend). Another way to prepare.
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Thanks for the info PC.
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Thanks for the info - makes me want to look into similar stuff for my 3000

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Don't start your info thread b*tching, you become no better than they.

Small carb jets are more prone to fouling, fact of life. I leave mine wet, use Stabil and run for 10min every few months, easy peezy.
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I use Stabil. Run my 2k every month for 20min. And my carb still clogs:-(

In Eco mode it surges or idles rough.
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Run my 2k every month for 20min. And my carb still clogs:-(
You are passed maint mode, clean the carb/air filter then get back to regular maint.
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You are passed maint mode, clean the carb/air filter then get back to regular maint.
20min each month for about 36 months.

I've got close to 12hrs of total run time.
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20min each month for about 36 months.

I've got close to 12hrs of total run time.
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Big deal!!! The carb is still hunting, fix it first.

Now show this thread some due respect and tell us how you fixed it.
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Great links! Dig my Honda 2K
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